Really good biographies stand out in two ways. First, they provide lots of zesty stories that haven't been told before. Beyond that, they explain all the zigzags and false clues of a prominent person's life, in a way that makes the total picture come into focus . . . it's clear that this new Musk bio delivers the goods in both respects. . . . Ashlee Vance provides a wealth of insights about how this tech titan operates.

George Anders, Forbes

The result is a book that is smart, light on its feet, and possesses a crunchy thoroughness. . . . Mr. Vance delivers a well-calibrated portrait of Mr. Musk, so that we comprehend both his friends and his enemies. It's a book with many ancillary pleasures. Mr. Vance brings us up to date on the states of green energy and space launches. He also veers away from his subject just often enough, offering profiles of the frequently brilliant people who work alongside Mr. Musk The best thing Mr. Vance does in this book, though, is tell Mr. Musk's story simply and well.

Dwight Garner, New York Times

About the Author

Ashlee Vance is an award-winning feature writer for Bloomberg Businessweek magazine. Previously, he worked for The New York Times and The Economist.

Vance was born in South Africa, grew up in Texas and attended Pomona College. He has spent more than a decade covering the technology industry from San Francisco and is a noted Silicon Valley historian.

Reviews

Vance's lively book yields all manner of fascinating insights about Musk's companies, his vision, and his personal life.

Slate

[T]his work will likely serve as the definitive account of a man whom so far we’ve seen mostly through caricature. By the final pages, too, any reader will sense the need to put comparisons to Steve Jobs aside. Give Musk credit. There is no one like him.

The New York Times Book Review

Ashlee Vance's portrait of the entrepreneur at mid-life is an essential read . . . a riveting portrait of Silicon Valley's most driven entrepreneur since Steve Jobs.

The Financial Times

Author

Narrator
Fred Sanders

ISBN
9780062373762

Length
13 hours 23 minutes

Language
English

Publisher
HarperCollins

Publication Date

Abridged
No

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